We believe that the History curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to delve deeper and make connections to the past and the world in which they live now. History aims to inspire children to actively explore different periods of time as well as cultures, in order to paint a bigger picture of how life today came about. We will teach children the skills required to be a good historian; how to research and gather information, as well as how to question information gathered for authenticity, perspective and reliability. Children will have access to a wide range of resources to aid them in their discovery, and opportunities across the curriculum to present, test and evaluate their historical knowledge. Our vision is that all pupils develop an increased confidence and understanding of historical facts, as well as an understanding of its influence on our day to day lives which will enable them to become confident and well educated citizens within our society.
At Wolsingham Primary our History curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop a secure knowledge of significant events and people
- consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and the politics involved
- understand how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions
- develop curiosity about the past in Britain, Europe and the wider world through historical enquiry: studying evidence, asking questions and problem solving.
History in the Early Years
A historian in the early years will show an interest in their own lives and the lives of people familiar to them. They will talk about events and people in their lives who are important to them, sharing special times and events from home with friends and staff. They will talk about similarities and differences between themselves and others, among families, communities and traditions. In small world play and role play, they will imitate everyday actions and events from their family life and cultural background. They will notice different features in their environment, commenting and asking questions about the world in which they live and the natural world. Developing an understanding of why things happen and how things work. A lot of learning in the early years takes place through purposeful play, both indoors and outdoors. Towards the end of Reception children will be learning skills to equip them for their future learning and later success in Year 1.